Decades of research have demonstrated that preventing hunger in children supports physical and mental health, positive child development, school attendance, academic performance and positive behavior. Investing in hunger relief for children and their caregivers provides one of the most basic supports necessary for children’s success in school and in life.
Drawing on public input, local data and research, PCL adopted the following goal for Levy funded hunger relief programs: Expand access to healthy, nutritious food for hungry children. The strategies adopted to work toward this goal are:
- Increase access/utilization of existing hunger relief programs
- School-based food pantries
- Increase access to food during summer and out-of-school time
- Alternative approaches